No Time to Sew? A Clip-On Button Is the Perfect Temporary Fix

Just because your collared shirt came with a couple of spare buttons hanging off a tag doesn't mean you always have time to sew a replacement back on when the need arises. So an emergency replacement button that temporarily clips onto your shirt like a paperclip so you can quickly do it back up needs to exist—and,… » 11/21/14 3:23pm Today 3:23pm

This Kid-Proof Outlet Wouldn't Power Up Until You Plug Something In

Any household with small roaming humans inevitably has to block its electrical sockets from tiny probing fingers. But most of the childproof measures out there—plastic plugs, sliding faceplates—can still be impregnated by determined hands. This outlet prototype wouldn't supply any electricity to its sockets until a… » 11/19/14 5:40pm Wednesday 5:40pm

This Ultra-Compact Support Lets You Shoot Hands-Free With Your iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 and iOS 8 make it impossibly easy to shoot timelapse and high-speed footage using just your phone. But while the boxy design of the iPhone 5 meant it could be stood on its edge for hands-free shooting, you unfortunately can't steady the curvy iPhone 6 that way. Lots of companies have announced tiny… » 11/17/14 10:00am Monday 10:00am

A Magnifying Glass Spoon Lets You Spot Even Tiny Flies In Your Soup

When you're eating at a restaurant, you're putting a tremendous amount of faith in the kitchen and wait staff that your food will be kept as contaminant-free as possible. But if you're really worried about an establishment's hygiene, make sure you're always carrying Object Solutions' Magnifying Spoon that lets you… » 11/17/14 8:35am Monday 8:35am

Giant Removable Stickers Turn Any Flat Surface Into a Whiteboard

Inspiration can strike anywhere, and if you're the type who needs to immediately write down their revelations, you might want to toss a few bucks towards Brandon Saw who's Kickstartering a simple non-permanent adhesive wrap that turns any flat surface into an erasable whiteboard. If brainstorming is your thing, you'll… » 11/14/14 10:48am 11/14/14 10:48am

A Square Filtering Water Bottle You Can Easily Clean From Both Ends

Four years ago the Clean Bottle arrived with a true innovation: a removable cap on either end that made it incredibly easy to properly clean. A few years later an upgraded version called the Square arrived that swapped curves for a rectangular design that wouldn't roll away if dropped. And now its creators are… » 11/13/14 5:00pm 11/13/14 5:00pm

Could These Modular Print Heads Be What 3D Printing Really Needs?

Bringing 3D fabrication tools directly to the consumer has been fraught with challenges; these at-home printers are either insanely expensive or limited in scope. A new concept called FLUX claims that it's solved all those conundrums with an all-in-one 3D printer that offers modular extruders for ultimate… » 11/11/14 9:50pm 11/11/14 9:50pm

Smartphone Charging Cables Don't Get Much More Portable Than This

Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the situation a little more convenient there have been countless keychain-friendly solutions for charging your smartphone, but none as perfectly tiny as the inCharge. » 11/11/14 10:03am 11/11/14 10:03am

Kids Will Love These Bandages That Make Cuts Look Far Worse

Has anyone ever put on a bandage and had it perfectly match their skin color? No, not even close. That's why printing bandages with fun or stylish designs makes a lot more sense. Or, if you're feeling macabre, you can toss a few bucks at this Indiegogo campaign that wants to create a line of bandages that make your… » 10/31/14 11:31am 10/31/14 11:31am

The World's Smallest 3D Printer Costs Less Than $300

The two biggest factors when it comes to choosing a printer are price and capacity. The bigger an item you want to print, the more expensive the printer will be. But if you've decided to just tip-toe into the world of 3D printing, and are just testing the waters, the $299 iBox Nano looks like a great choice, as long… » 10/31/14 9:09am 10/31/14 9:09am

Magnets Are the Secret To the Ultimate Cookie Dunking Contraption

For every Kickstarted product that succeeds and makes it into the hands of consumers, there are hundreds that don't. The Dunkin' Buddy's Kickstarter campaign unfortunately didn't succeed in raising ten grand earlier this year, but its creators realize how important its existence is to mankind, and they're determined… » 10/21/14 3:10pm 10/21/14 3:10pm

Self-Contained Motorized Wheels Could Give Us Autopilot Shopping Carts

Here's an innovation you probably never realized you wanted until just now. Japan's Denso corporation has created a compact, self-contained wheel that includes a motor, a battery, and wireless communications allowing it to be driven and controlled remotely. The company could use it for a personal mobility device, but… » 10/15/14 3:56pm 10/15/14 3:56pm

You'll Never Lose a Music Festival Schedule Temporary Tattoo

An opportunity to hear many of your favorite bands isn't the only reason to attend a music festival. There are other recreational activities to enjoy, but they don't always leave you in a state where you can remember who's performing next at which stage, where you left your schedule, or even your first name. So a … » 10/14/14 4:24pm 10/14/14 4:24pm

These Two Guys Want to Turn The Entire Planet Into a Typeface

Last we checked in with Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee, the designer and geographer had just finished counting the number of pools in LA (43,123). Now the duo hope to bring their somewhat-insane methodology to a similarly perplexing challenge: How do we find all the buildings on the planet that look like letters from the… » 10/14/14 3:17pm 10/14/14 3:17pm

This Supercard Wants to Replace All of Your Credit Cards and Then Some

Remember Coin, the card that promised to put all your credit cards on one handy chunk of plastic, and then suffered from substantial setbacks that may make it useless by the time it comes out? Well now it has a competitor. This is Plastc, another upcoming supercard with some seriously big promises that will be even… » 10/07/14 9:31am 10/07/14 9:31am

You Could Smuggle the World's Smallest Game Console Anywhere

So how do you convince a bunch of hackers to buy a tiny thumbnail-sized OLED display called the TinyScreen that's designed to interface with the TinyDuino platform? You show them how to build what has to be the world's tiniest game console, which is small enough to smuggle or be discreetly played anywhere. » 10/06/14 8:53am 10/06/14 8:53am

A Redesigned Drain Cover Fixes the Worst Cleaning Chore In Your Home

Taking out the trash is never fun. Vacuuming the living room is rarely enjoyable. But few chores are as despised as having to clean the hair from the drain cover in your shower. Thankfully, a clever designer named Chen Wanting agrees, and has come up with a brilliantly simple solution allowing long hair to be just… » 10/02/14 1:10pm 10/02/14 1:10pm

Simple Grooves Let This Trash Can Hold Small or Multiple Plastic Bags

It's easier to feel less guilty about forgetting your reusable bags for grocery shopping when you plan to use the plastic ones for garbage later. And in turn, it'd be easier to use those plastic bags for garbage if this clever trash bin concept, featuring strategic grooves to accommodate small or multiple bags at… » 10/02/14 12:01pm 10/02/14 12:01pm